Greetings, Beautiful People...I pray all is well with everyone.
Now, let's chat about one of the culprits that truly aid in dry hair..and that's PRODUCT BUILDUP.
Before we get into the how of how to rid the hair of product buildup, let's chat about how it affects the hair.
PRODUCT BUILDUP...HOW IT AFFECTS THE HAIR
- Locks Moisture Out...prevents the hair from receiving moisture which aids in dryness and brittleness.
- Greasy/Peasy..Product buildup gives hair a greasy feeling and instead of it being properly moisturized and have a feeling of hydration, it has a feeling of grimy buildup.
- Clogs the pores on the scalp...clogs the pores of the scalp thereby aiding in further scalp issues
- This new product just didn't work..Product buildup prevents the hair from responding to the use of new products when trying for the 1st time. Note... It's always important to clarify the hair when using a new product for the 1st time to truly see how the product is working.
And be sure to deep condition anytime you shampoo/clarify cleanse your hair.
How To Prevent or Rid the Hair of Product Buildup
In order to prevent product buildup from creating dryness, it's best to do a thorough cleansing of the hair using a cleanser or DIY (
do it yourself) treatment to thoroughly cleanse the hair. Many shampoos are not formulated strong enough to remove some natural oils such as castor oil and many synthetic ingredients, so a clarifying poo would be the best way to go. I mention some awesome natural clarifiers below.
Co-washing (conditioner washing) is a great way to lightly moisturize the hair and aid in retaining moisture in the hair. However, co-washing is not formulated to be strong enough to remove synthetic ingredients and many oils, so it's a great idea to clarify the hair at least monthly (if using all aural ingredients) and twice per month (if using products with synthetic ingredients). Conditioners are also usually formulated at lower ph levels to help close the cuticle which is mot beneficial for cleansing the hair thoroughly, and they are great for temporarily restoring moisture and temporarily repairing the hair. However, anytime I cleanse (which is usually every 3-4 weeks) I use my Natty ACV Hair and Scalp Mist as a pre cleanse and as a final rinse (as a final rinse, I simply spray the mist onto my scalp and hair after final rinsing). I also use the Natty ACV Mist to keep my scalp clean in between cleansing.
Some great all natural cleansers are SheaMoisture African black Soap Shampoo, Dudu Osum Black soap shampoo, Terressentials pure earth wash, the bentonite clay treatment (of course there are tons more). Apple Cider Vinegar is also a great way to help with the cleansing process of removing product buildup. It also help to protect the scalp from fungi, debris, bacteria and other contaminants found in tap water and environmental elements. A simple ACV rinse is to combine 1 TSP of ACV to 8 oz of cool distilled or filtered water and pour onto clean, conditioned and rinsed hair as your final rinse. Do not rinse the mixture out. You can also combine this mixture in a nice applicator bottle and apply to hair and scalp as a pre cleanse for helping to remove buildup. ACV also helps to close the cuticle on the hair helping the hair minimize frizz and impart sheen to the hair. Check out this great video how to of a helpful cleansing method to help rid the hair of product buildup: Cleansing Video .
As always, I hope this tip was helpful and remember, clean hair and scalp = happy hair and scalp.
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